Hillerman's latest begins as retired Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn receives a package from an old associate. Inside, Leaphorn is stunned to see a photo of the Navajo blanket known as Woven Sorrow featured in a recent issue of Luxury Living. The distinctive blanket was supposedly destroyed in a fire decades before, a possible case of arson which occurred during one of his first cases as a police officer.
Leaphorn figures if he can speak with the blanket's current owner, he might be able to crack a case whose unsatisfactory resolution has bothered him for decades. Setting off, Leaphorn begins to reflect on the past, dredging up clues from his memory even as he interviews relevant parties in the present. Leaphorn's investigation uncovers secrets long concealed, arousing murderous instincts in his cunning and ruthless prey.
If you're not familiar with the works of Tony Hillerman, well, you've just flunked Notable American Mystery Writers of the Last Half Century 101. Hillerman continues to produce work of a high caliber. Joe Leaphorn is as stoic and stolid and entertaining as ever, making this well-crafted police procedural as suspenseful and enjoyable as its many worthy predecessors.